According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 3 million people in the US have had dental implants. Tooth implants are overgrowing to become the recommended standard of treatment for tooth loss. However, there is a lot of misconceptions about dental implants.
When patients call our office, the first question we often get asked is, “What is the cost of dental implants?”
Queries about cost are more frequent than questions about dental implant procedure, its types & problems. We understand that dental implants are expensive than other dental treatments. However, dental implants are more of an investment than an expense. Before we start jumping into numbers, let’s look at the cost of dental implants.
Dental Implants are an investment
On the surface, you may think dental implants are costly as compared to other tooth-replacement methods. However, its two alternatives, such as dentures and bridges, typically have to be replaced or repaired every 5 to 10 years. The cost can quickly exceed the price of a relatively life-long dental implant (obviously, if you look-after the signs of dental implant failure).
Although dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution, they will only last for a lifetime if you take care of them as you would do for your natural teeth. So, it’s important to know how long dental implants last and ways to care for your newly complete smile.
Dental implants also prevent your jawbone from deteriorating, unlike dentures and bridges. This jawbone deterioration can cause several problems, like tooth loss and unusual changes in your face shape. Thus, dental implants are much affordable in the long run.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
Determining the price for dental implants is complicated since it varies according to each patient’s dental needs. Some may need a tooth extraction or temporary crown, while others don’t need such requirements.
Likewise, some patients need a single implant, while others may require several implants due to their multiple missing teeth. So it would be best if you considered these factors to determine how much a dental implant will cost you.
Cost of Dental Implants
As we know, every case is unique. But in general, single dental implants cost $1,500 to $2,000 per implant. In the cases of multiple implants, many dentists offer discounts to make your treatment less expensive.
Note: this is only the cost of the dental implant itself. There are other costs that you need to consider, including:
- The crown – custom or stock
- The abutment (it connects the implant and crown)
- The cost of root and tooth extraction
- Dental office visits
- Pre-op and post-op care
As a guideline, this additional cost can range from $3,000 to $5,000, including the single implant price. This estimated cost may vary based on the unique circumstances of your case.
Dental insurance and discount offers
The good news is most dental insurance providers cover some portion of your dental implants’ expense. Moreover, many of our patients cherish our ability to offer discounts and multiple dental coupons, which help them pay for their dental implants at a much affordable price and convenient monthly installments.
When your treatment plan is discussed, ask your dentist for an estimated cost and payment options available.
Dental implants are the new standard of care for a missing tooth. They look and act nearly like your natural teeth, so they are easier to care for and more comfortable than other dental treatments. You may also like to know what to expect after dental implant surgery.
Even though you will pay more initially, dental implants’ lifetime value will likely be better than its other alternatives. Visit our office for a free dental implant consultation and determine whether dental implants are best suitable for you.